I was in the market for a bike again, I have been riding on and
off since 14, I had been trawling the online sales and visiting
bike shops in and around Cape Town. I had concluded a
deal on a Dyna-Glide up in JHB but that had fell through
due to paperwork issues, it was a grey import without all
the proper documentation.
I popped in and Old Mill & Custom to see Simon and saw
the bike on his workshop floor, I contacted the seller and
rode it home.
I was expecting to buy the bike, fit a new front tyre and then
ride it for a year or so until I found a suitable replacement.
But it rode so well I made a few changes and decided to
I really like the look of the "bobbed" bikes made from old
military or police bike with all the excess removed. The basic
shape of the bike is as I got it.
I started my plan by calling in a favor from a friend at Harley
Davidson in Tyger Valley, he lent me a few styles of handlebars
from ape-hangers to wide cow horn then a MX style bar
but I settled on a straight or "drag" bar that had the best
feel. A pair of spark plug sockets came with the bike as a
set of handlebar raisers but I needed a few more inches to
clear the tank on full turn/lock.
Andre @Thurxsteen Works (check spelling) in Woodstock
stepped in for me and machined a 2 inch extension to go
with the sockets making it a perfect ride height. Andre also
painted the bike tins for me in a "broken white" covering up
the tired mat-black that was cool 5 years ago.
The rims (red) and the spokes (black) were powder coated
as we're most of the chrome or aluminum pieces on the
engine. A K&N air filter was fitted and a custom cover was
made to fit.
The bazooka that masquerades as the std exhaust was
removed the headers kept and wrapped. Machine gun tips
were made and this gave the bike that awesome V-twin roar.
I felt a little like Moses parting the Red sea as I rode in traffic
with the cars parting magically before me, you could really
hear it coming! The neighbors on the other hand were not so
forgiving so a small baffle was machined that brings that
roar back under control.
The last thing was to remove the stop light and number
plate from the "snugged" rear fender which cleaned up the
profile. The brake light was incorporated in ~the the rear
indicators and the number plate side mounted on the rear
The Holy Roller
Western Cape, South Africa.
Sharman Crawford. 608 IC
+27 (0)21 5515722